MLB Odds: Yankees sweep way into ALCS

By: Willie Bee | Sunday, October 10, 2010
Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi and the Yankees will enjoy a few days off before the ALCS.

So, the New York Yankees once again dispatched the Minnesota Twins from the playoffs.  Yawn.

New York advanced to the ALCS for a second consecutive October with Saturday's 6-1 win over the Twins behind Phil Hughes' seven shutout innings and a home runs off the bats off Nick Swisher and Marcus Thames.  When it was over, there was no celebration on the field, just a few high-fives.

Maybe the Yankees are saving the party for their next victims in the ALCS, or the NL team after that in the World Series.

Saturday's triumph gave New York a 9-game postseason win streak against Minnesota, a run that dates to the 2004 ALDS.  The Yankees also swept the Twins last season in the first round of the postseason, with Minnesota having dropped 12 consecutive playoff contests and 15 of its last 17.

Joe Girardi's guys broomed the Twins this time as 145, 120 and 175 MLB odds favorites in the three games respectively.  The last two contests of the series stayed 'under' the number.

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New York now awaits the winner of the Texas, Tampa Bay ALDS.  The Rangers were four outs away from sweeping the Rays on Saturday before a late uprising gave TB (plus 105) new hope with a 6-3 victory.  Texas can complete its first postseason series triumph Sunday afternoon at home as 120 favorites.

The ALDS glory was statistically spread around the New York roster.  Yankees starters – C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hughes – worked 20 of 27 innings in the three games with a combined 2.25 ERA.  Four different New York hitters went deep one time each and four others each stole one base.  The Yankees lineup batted a collective .314 in outscoring the Twins, 17-7.

As for who the pinstriped gang would rather face in the ALCS, it might be a case of "six of one, a half dozen of the other."  Be it Texas or Tampa Bay, the Yankees will cede home-field advantage, though they will likely draw a larger percentage of fans supporting them at Tropicana Field than at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

New York does have a solid postseason track record against Texas, though the Yanks' 9-1 record in that category dates to the mid-to-late 90s.  New York split its eight regular season games with the Rangers, winning all three at home and going 1-4 in the Lone Star State.  Tampa Bay won 10 of the 18 encounters with New York.

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The Yankees probably don't care which team they draw as long as the Rays, Rangers series is extended to five games.  If Tampa Bay does force its ALDS back to Tropicana Field, Game 5 would be Tuesday night with a pitching matchup of each team's ace, David Price for the Rays and Cliff Lee for Texas.  That would mean either the Rays or the Rangers might be without their top starter for Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS which starts Friday (Oct. 15).

'Totals' bettors might prefer the Yankees to match up with the Rays based on regular season trends.  The 'over' was a robust 13-5 between those two clubs in 2010 while 'totals' were a level 4-4 in Texas, New York battles.

No matter how you slice it up, the defending World Series Champions are clearly in the driver's seat at this point as they sit and wait in preparation for what could be their 41st AL Pennant.

 
 
 
 
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